John Seiler spent 19 years as an editorial writer for the OC Register and he's wondering if the Orange County Register and its parent company will be sold by the Hoiles family that has owned the paper since 1935.
I remember the paper expending a lot of ink celebrating its long history, a while back, and found this essay quite interesting.
He feels that the "New Media", including blogging, "not only are the future, but the present, of the news business."
He finds comparisons in the problems of the NY Times, and Freedom Communications.
I, for one, hope that his notion that "Newspapers will be remembered nostalgically" will be proven wrong.
As much as I rely on the internet news sites, blogs and FOX News on cable, for my news, being a lifelong book lover and reader, I strongly believe that, as with a good book (the more pages the better!), there is nothing like sitting down with the newspaper, especially with the hefty sunday edition.
In this last regard I agree with Thomas Anthony Gordon, of Orange Juice (Thanks for spreading the word about this story!).
The place of newspapers in our daily lives is evolving, there is no doubt, but I believe it will not disappear completely.
If you want to understand why I believe this then you owe it to yourself to read this book.
It is the story of the "Bloggers" of the founding century of our nation, the "rowdy beginnings of American Journalism", and how it adapted and evolved, especially between the end of the War of Independence and the death, in a famous duel with Aaron Burr, of a co-founder of the New York Post (Yes, THAT New York Post!)...
the incomparable Alexander Hamilton, in 1804.
When you read these books you will thrill to the discovery that not only was a he politician, but he was also one of the most outspoken and partisan journalists of his day.
***UPDATE - 11AM***
There are, of course, many types of bloggers covering many topics. Just look at the variety of bloggers on Petaluma 360 alone.
A few weeks ago, someone forwarded a blog link talking about the role of "political bloggers" in today's society. "Local Political Blogs are Here to Stay"
Frankly, it caught me off guard -- Me! A political blogger?
I am still mulling it over...not really comfortable with the appellation.
One observation he makes is a really powerful one:
One aspect of using the Internet to communicate, whether it is by blogging or web pages, does warrant special mention--the digital camera. In a manner of minutes (dare I say seconds?) a photo can be online generating comments and e-mails from around the world. It still gives me pause...
I love my camera!
My Camera is my friend! ;-D
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